Rossi delighted with Le Mans points

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Valentino Rossi says that everything is to play for in the 23016 MotoGP world championship now, after capitalising on his oppositions misfortune at the weekend to shut down Marquez’s title lead.

“I‘m so happy, because when you start from seventh position and you take twenty points it‘s very good, also because they are twenty very important points. In the championship I‘m twelve points behind Jorge and seven behind Marc.

“This means that between us three the championship is wide open and we have to concentrate. I‘m just third at this moment, so I have to think race by race and especially think of Mugello and try to be competitive there.”

However, the race wasn’t without incident for Rossi, who admitted afterwards that yet another bad start – one of a succession of them this season – meant that he had work to do in the race itself.

“I started quite badly from the third row so at the beginning it was very complicated. I had a quite good pace so I was able to push and I was quite fast, but you have to stay quiet because it was very easy to make some mistakes. Step by step I arrived to the back of Marquez and Dovi and at that moment I was a bit faster.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer